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Depp does heroin

10.26.2005

Johnny Depp pic It looks like the feature adaptation of the novel SHANTARAM, which Johnny Depp has been attached to produce and star in for quite a while, may finally be moving forward with today's announcement that FORREST GUMP screenwriter Eric Roth has come onboard to take over scripting duties from original author Gregory David Roberts. The story is a mostly autobiographical account of Roberts' rather interesting (to say the least) life. Resorting to armed robbery in order to feed a heroin addiction, the story's protagonist, Lin, is caught and sentenced to 19 years in an Australian prison. He escapes after two years and ends up in Bombay where, in an illegal slum, his rudimentary knowledge of first aid makes him the resident "doctor". He eventually falls in love with a Swiss-American woman named Karla and ends up forging passports and laudering money for the Bombay mafia. The story is ripe with complexity, which of course makes it an ideal candidate for Depp's considerable thespianic skills. In fact, why bother with the formality of waiting until the movie comes out to give him his Oscar/Golden Globe/anything else nomination? Why doesn't everyone just go ahead and nominate him for 2007? Depp can next be seen in the drama biopic THE LIBERTINE and in next year's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST. And now a little more Depp for the ladies.

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Source: Variety

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